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Celebrations

Sukkoth/Sukkot/SukkahWe just celebrated the turning of mapleswith mapleshapedcookiesthe hopicecreamand appleciderIt occurred to me how it takes so little to celebrateBack home we only acknowledged big eventsI know whyBirthdays weren’t among the big events         But funerals were. And… Read more

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Paint the Quad poetry

When I was an undergrad many years ago my favorite expression with friends was, “Let’s go paint the town red” and red we did paint wherever we ended up. We were in touch with the spirit of freedom, a little bit of anarchy and tons of creativity. College, especially,  inspired that kind of liberty…. Read more

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This year so far: Caves, Caverns & Garden of the Gods

Cornell Univ gardenMy year always begins and ends in August. Overall, this has been an exceptionally abundant year. I’ve felt productive in my personal and professional life, and the challenges I’ve encountered have demonstrated that problems and solutions are different sides of the same coin…. Read more

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2015 Sylt Foundation African Writer’s Residency Award–Good News

So delighted to know that this time next year I’ll take up residence in Sylt, the beautiful island in Northern Germany. So honored to be chosen. The Sylt Foundation African Writer´s Residency Award (AWRA) provides a two months stay in a subsidized apartment on the German island of Sylt to… Read more

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Summer goal accomplished, novel ms revised

In the hammock reading Leonard Koren’s Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers. A very good book, highly recommend especially if you want to know about Japanese aesthetics Such a delightful summer! It’s been both fun and productive. Had a goal to complete revising my… Read more

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Telling Tales: Audio version of “Bless the Broken Path”

Summertime Great for listening, reading, traveling, sharing, and Shannon Guillory a.k.a. “Ms.G” honors us with the audio version of my story, Bless the Broken Path, read in her most warm and delightful voice on KTOO 104.3, in Juneau, Alaska. To listen, here is the clip Thank… Read more

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Africa – China Conference Schedule: May 9 to May 11, 2014

Upcoming conference, “Cultural Exchange and Engagement in Africa-China Relationships: Defining Possibilities, Realizing Opportunities.” May 9 to 11, 2014. At this conference, the Global Digital Humanities platform and the STU community partnering with the Africa Writers Trust and the Shantou… Read more

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Shortlisted Poems for the Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2014

Entrants to the prize had to submit ten poems. Here is a sample poem from each of the six shortlisted poets. VIOLA ALLO: From Farm to Schoolroom After George Ella Lyon I am from cassava, from mortars and pestles and grinding stones, from cracked corn, fried plantains, and pounded… Read more

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The year begins with Translations

Excited to begin a creative project on Africa-China in conversation, approaching it through a cultural lens , producing stories, mine and others to be translated in Chinese. I’m not doing this alone. It is an initiative between the African Writers Trust (AWT) and the Global Digital Humanities at… Read more

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2013 might be the year of the short story

Fresh air: short story authors have garnered world attention this year, and made a mark in International Literature. January started with George Saunders’ “Tenth of December,” topping the list: “the best book you will read this year” a change from previous “best books” having been mostly… Read more

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